From spectacular nature to exciting theme parks, and golden beaches to impressive architecture, there are plenty of things to do in Tenerife that the whole family will enjoy. Add to this a generous helping of year-round sunshine, some warm, azure waters and sprinkle some fun-filled attractions on top and you have all the ingredients for a perfect family holiday in the sun.

Places to Go

Discover an array of towns and villages offering an authentic taste of the Tenerife way of life. These include La Orotava, Masca and San Cristobal de la Laguna, which provide stunning architecture and picturesque scenery. Sun-worshippers should check out the collection of beaches, from the lively spots in the south dotted with water sports, to the tranquil, black sand beaches along the north coast.

Whale and dolphin watching is a must on any Tenerife things to do list. Head to the island’s southwest corner to discover Bottlenose dolphins, Sperm whales and Risso dolphins in their natural habitat. Culture fans will enjoy hiking in the Masca Valley, one of Tenerife’s highest villages with spectacular views of the island, as well as its own mini Macchu Picchu; some of Europe’s oldest ruins. After exploring, cool off in the natural saltwater pools in Bajamar.


Attractions in Tenerife promise adventures for all ages with a fine collection of theme and water parks offering thrills and spills for the whole family. Siam Park is the headline attraction, a Thai-themed water park and one of the largest in Europe with rides, slides, floating market and wave pool. Aqualand is another popular water park with rapids and wave pools. If you prefer to keep your feet on dry land then Loro Parque is a tropical paradise, originally dedicated to parrots. The park now includes an aquarium, jungle area, and a diverse range of animals.

Time your holiday right and things to do in Tenerife can also include the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnivale. Visitors can join in with locals in colourful festivals, lively parties and glittery processions, full of glitz and glamour that lasts a week.

Places to visit

Unmissable places to visit in Tenerife will undoubtedly include Mount Teide Volcano and its stunning National Park. The World Heritage Site is home to Spain’s highest mountain peak. You can hike or take a cable car to the base of the final cone summit for breathtaking views of Tenerife, La Palma and Gran Canaria and an unforgettable experience. If you fancy a bit of island hopping, then take a boat to neighbouring La Gomera, the smallest of the Canary Islands, home to a beautiful national park and dramatic beach.

Tenerife is also a Mecca for divers, who head to the famous Tabaiba Shipwreck and its vibrant sea life including mackerel, octopus and barracudas. For those who enjoy underground adventure, then the spectacular Cueva del Viento lava tunnels are well worth a visit. Explore underground caves formed from the lava of Pico Viejo’s volcanic eruption, where you’ll discover a maze of tunnels home to fossils, lava lakes and stalactites.

Wherever you choose to stay, you will be spoilt for choice for things to do in Tenerife. Check out our recommendations and book your holiday today.

3. Costa Adeje Nightlife

Costa Adeje is Tenerife’s newest resort and one of the most upmarket. With five-star hotels, golf courses, beautiful beaches, and outstanding shopping, it offers visitors a taste of the high life
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4. Puerto Del La Cruz Nightlife

Puerto de la Cruz is the grand-daddy of Canarian tourism, and has been attracting tourists and sun-seekers since the late 1800s. Although it’s expanded to cope with the growing demands from visitors
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5. Los Cristianos Nightlife

Los Cristianos, set in sunny, southern Tenerife, began as a small fishing village. However, it has grown and bloomed into one of the island’s most popular holiday hotspots
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6. Playa de Los Tarajales

For an alternative from the main beach in Los Cristianos, pay a visit to Playa de los Tarajales. To get there, take a walk down the hill starting at Hotel Paradise Park and onto the sands
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7. Playa de las Vistas

On your holiday in Los Cristianos, don’t miss out on a trip to Playa de las Vistas. To find the beach, go west of Los Cristianos port where you’ll discover golden sands
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10. La Orotava

To discover one of Tenerife’s most charming old towns, make sure you pay a visit to La Orotava. Sitting on the north west coast near to Puerto de la Cruz
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11. Garachico

Discover one of the most beautiful towns in Tenerife with a trip to Garachico. On the north west tip of the island around an hour’s drive from Los Cristianos, you’ll come across this picturesque Canarian town with a fascinating history.
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12. Botanical Gardens

While in Puerto de la Cruz, make sure you pay a visit to the beautiful Botanical Gardens, otherwise known as the Jardín de Aclimatación de la Orotava. With huge grounds stretching across 20,000 square metres
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14. Go diving

If you fancy taking a trip under the ocean, Teide Divers can help to train you. This family run business has 10 years experience of diving in Tenerife.
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15. Take a Segway tour of the city

Puerto de la Cruz is a resort that is full of interesting history and for the best way to see it, you should take a Segway tour of the city. After your two hour guided tour you’ll become an expert in the history of Puerto de la Cruz.
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16. Check out the old town of La Orotava

To immerse yourself in the culture of Puerto de la Cruz and the surrounding area, a visit to La Orotava is a must. This town has proudly maintained its charm and cultural heritage and kept its cobbled streets in pristine condition.
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17. Take in the views at Costa Martianez

Costa Martiánez is a splendid theme park covering 100,000 square metres and centred around a large lake. The lake branches off into seven pools and a wide collection of gardens, terraces, viewpoints, solariums, cultural centres and restaurants.
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18. Sam Park Tenerife

Rated the top thing to do in Tenerife on Tripadvisor, this Siamese themed water park is the largest in Europe. Boasting seven world records, it’s quickly been hailed one of the best in the world. Siam Park is suitable for people of all ages, so it makes a great day out for everybody.
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19. Nightlife in Playa De Las Americas

The first thing that comes to mind when someone says nightlife are hard-core dance clubs that are bursting at the seams. That isn’t always the case. Playa de las Americas is the party capital of Tenerife and has a lot to offer in terms of night-time entertainment from comedy clubs to shisha lounges, you’ll never be bored.
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20. Troya Beach

Tenerife is known for its volcanic, black sandy beaches. The most famous beach happens to be right at your doorstep in Playa de las Americas.
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21. Light and Music Fountain

The light and music fountain is an absolute must-see when visiting Playa de las Americas. Listen to music from the likes of Frank Sinatra and Glen Miller played to the synchronised water spouts that are illuminated by colourful under water lights.
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23. Go sea fishing

Los Cristianos was once a working fishing village, and although fishermen still work from there today, the extent of the trade has subsided.
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26. Guided walks and hikes

Explore Los Cristianos’ rich countryside with Tenerife Guided Walks and feel at one with nature. There are a lot of excursions to choose from, which differ in length and difficulty.
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27. Relax on Playa Fanabe beach

Escape from the hustle and bustle on Playa Fanabe’s peaceful, Blue Flag beach. Suitable for all ages, you can swim in the clear, warm water and pick your ideal sunbathing spot on the long stretch of golden sand.
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28. Visit beautiful Playa del Duque beach

You can see why this picture-perfect beach is one of the most popular in Costa Adeje. Surrounded by palm trees, its soft, golden sand slopes gently to the sea and feels great between your toes as you stroll along the shoreline.
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